Saturday, March 01, 2008

Graham appears to be favorite for Penn Hills job - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Looks bad for Ex-Coach Neil Gordon.
Graham appears to be favorite for Penn Hills job - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review A longtime Penn Hills High School assistant football coach appears to be the leading candidate for the head coaching position.

A majority of school board members said Friday they are planning to support Ron Graham as the Indians' new head coach. Board members spoke on the condition that their names not be used.
Time will tell if this is good reporting. Don't you just hate public officials who are going to speak with their words not associated with their names.

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The nine-member board could vote as early as Tuesday to fill the position, which opened in January after the district decided not to renew the contract of head coach Neil Gordon, whose agreement with the district expires in July.

Graham declined to comment Friday on the head coaching job.

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Gordon has been the head coach for 21 years and has compiled a record of 158-72-3. His teams won WPIAL and PIAA championships in 1995 and reached the WPIAL title game in 2006 before losing to eventual state champion Upper St. Clair.

Gordon served as assistant football coach from 1971-81.

He won another WPIAL title at Penn Hills when he was baseball coach.

Graham, who lives in Penn Hills, has been an assistant football coach at Penn Hills for 10 years. He has been the associate principal at the senior high school for a decade.

Graham is a graduate of Tuskegee University in Alabama and earned a master's degree from Duquesne University.

His son, Ron Graham Jr., played football for Penn Hills and went on to play linebacker at Penn State University from 1998 to 2003.

Graham was selected for the head coaching job at Penn Hills from a field of 20 candidates, according to board members.

Gordon was paid about $14,000 a year, which covered his coaching duties as well as coordinating events at the Bill Fralic Athletic Center.

The new salary for the head coaching job is expected to be about $8,100 because the scheduling duties are now handled by athletic director John Peterman.

The school board is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the administration building on Collins Avenue.